Hi, Wade, thanks for jumping in.
I was hanging out last night with some cycling buddies, and a couple volunteered their recumbents for me to try. THere's even---get this--a recumbent, tandem TRIKE available!
I do have an old cycle-to-market single-geared baby fitted with rear and handlebar baskets, and I will for certain try that first come spring. It's flat from here to the market.
I haven't quite given up on the idea of long-distance cycling, but my biggest problem right now is mental: I'm terrified of going downhill. I feel fragile in a way I never did before, and that's no condition for cycling long distances over the mountains.
I'll have to exercise my nerve as much as anything next year. Fear is a real downer.
Those who hear not the music, think the dancers mad.